It’s my favorite time of year, yes the holidays, but also the Best of 2018!! This is the time of year I review all of my wedding and engagement sessions from the year and pick my favorite images, which is hard but fun! Since I have one more wedding left for 2018 I thought I’d start with my favorite engagement photos from the year. I didn’t have as many engagement sessions this year as I did weddings. Many of my 2018 couples were from out of town and chose not to have an engagement session. However, the engagement sessions I did have this year were beyond amazing, they included hiking to the top of a mountain, rowing a canoe, riding bikes, picking apples, exploring new venues, finding hidden spots in downtown, and so many more fun activities.
Before I share all of my favorite engagement photos, let’s talk a little bit about planning your engagement session! My first piece of advice for your engagement session is to think about what activities you love to do as a couple. I’ll send you a questionnaire to help you think about this and to get to know you a little better. If you love wine tasting, let’s go to vineyard! If you love snuggling at home and reading then I’ll come to your house and do an intimate and fun in home session full of snuggles and pillow fights! Your engagement session should be all about your relationship and show your personalities. Once you choose the activity and location of your session then it’s time to plan outfits! I suggest having one casual and one dressier outfit. Make sure the colors will pop in the environment so if we are going to be around a lot of trees you don’t want to wear green. My images are vibrant and full of color so I love bold colors and earth tones. I’ll send you a guide to help plan your outfits and session too. Next, consider what season you want to take your engagement photos and plan ahead. If you plan to use engagement photos on your save the date cards you’ll want to do your session early enough to get those done. If you love spring or fall colors or have a specific dress you want to wear we can talk about how to plan best for those which will require some flexibility. Lastly, what if you have a fiance that isn’t a fan of getting his/her pictures taken and doesn’t really want to do an engagement session? Well, first show him/her all of these fun and gorgeous photos and then explain that your session is great practice for your wedding day and will help you both feel more comfortable on your big day. During your engagement session I have time to learn more about you both and this will help everyone feel more relaxed on your wedding day. You will also learn more about my shooting style during your engagement session so you know what to expect on your wedding day. If you have any questions about planning an engagement session just ask, I’m happy to share full galleries too!
Now, if you are recently engaged a huge congratulations to you both!! If you are planning an engagement session or are recently married I hope these images fill your heart with inspiration, happiness, and maybe even rekindle that spark you felt when you first said YES!!